Harvard Kennedy School

David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Public Policy (HKS)
Professor of Education and Economics (HGSE)


Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.

Devah Pager

Devah Pager (1972-2018)

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Sociology and Public Policy


We mourn the loss of Devah Pager, who served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy and as Chair of Harvard's Joint PhD Programs in Social Policy until her death on November 2, 2018. We remember Devah with deep appreciation for the remarkable community she fostered.

Learn more about Devah's seminal work as a scholar in The New York Times obituary.

Research interests: Institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system. Inequality, race, discrimination, punishment.

Desmond Ang

Desmond Ang

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Applied economics. Intersection of race, education and government. Educational and political ramifications of acts of police violence. Effects of federal election oversight on minority turnout and political polarization.

Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, Emerita


Research interests: Poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life.

George Borjas

George Borjas

Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy


Research interests: Labor economics, with a focus on immigration issues.

Michela Carlana

Michela Carlana

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Labor economics. Education, gender, immigration.

Amitabh Chandra

Amitabh Chandra

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy


Research interests: Economics and health policy. Innovation and cost-growth in healthcare, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in healthcare.

David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood

Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy


Research interests: Poverty and welfare, economic mobility. Labor economics, family change, low pay and unemployment, changing structure of American families.

Ronald F. Ferguson

Ronald F. Ferguson

Director, Achievement Gap Initiative
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy


Research interests: Education and economic development, racial achievement gaps.

Archon Fung

Archon Fung

Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship


Research interests: Political scientist. How participation, deliberation and transparency can make contemporary public governance more fair and effective.

Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy


Research interests: Fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics.

Joshua Goodman

Joshua S. Goodman

Associate Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Economics of education. Impact of math coursework on students' longer-run outcomes and the impact of college choice on degree completion.

Christopher Jencks

Christopher Jencks

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Emeritus


Research interests: Changes in family structure over the past generation, the costs and benefits of economic inequality, the extent to which economic advantages are inherited, and the effects of welfare reform.

Alex Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar

Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy


Research interests: Historian, with a focus on explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. Election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.

Jennifer S. Lerner

Jennifer S. Lerner

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor in Public Management
Co-founder, Harvard Decision Science Laboratory


Research interests: A psychologist who draws on insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Predicting effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Expanding the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing.